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Settlement

The process in which a buyer makes payment and receives the agreed-upon good or service. This term is used on exchanges to indicate when a security actually changes hands, which often occurs several days after a trade is made. See also: Clearance.

settling

Movement of an improvement because of movement in the soil supporting the improvement.It could be caused by compaction of the soil,erosion of pockets due to underground streams or springs,or the aftereffects of frost heave pushing frozen ground upward and then settling back.

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Under the certain oppression of this weight upon my mind, I laboured in the case I have been naming; and the only relief I found for it was to let my husband into so much of it as I thought would convince him of the necessity there was for us to think of settling in some other part of the world; and the next consideration before us was, which part of the English settlements we should go to.
In settling matters with the landlord over night, I had arranged that we should be driven to the nearest town at which a post-chaise could be obtained.
There was a settling down, and a prevailing air of expectancy everywhere.
He is thus completely wedged before and behind, and can only expand himself sideways by settling down on his stretched legs; but a sudden, violent pitch of the boat will often go far to topple him, because length of foundation is nothing without corresponding breadth.